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This popular song from one of George M. Cohan's many patriotic musicals talks about the difference between New York City and New Rochelle, New York.
This audio is part of the collection: 78 RPMs & Cylinder Recordings
It also belongs to collection: Music & Arts
Artist/Composer: Billy Murray
Date: 1906-00-00 00:00:00
Label / Recorded by: Menlo Park
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Delmonico, et cetera
Fun recording. The slang is a bit dated, though. "Jays" are hicks, hayseeds, or rubes. Cohan also uses "Reubens" the same way. Delmonico's, Rector's and Brown's were all popular Broadway restaurants. For "the place is a bird," substitute "turkey" for "bird" and you've got it.
I appreciate the lack of processing in this example.
Give me the old time music314 -
Subject: Ah, Good Old Time Music...
Sing it Billy...He smiles down from heaven whenever we listen to his songs...
As a resident of New Rochelle, NY...I know exactly what the meaning of this song has...It represents the city from the suburbs...Those were the days!
Subject: Who is Delmonico, Rector or Browne?
A good, but not great Billy Murray record. This George Cohan number has a lot of strange vocabulary (what exactly is a jay??) and therefore I sometimes missed the whole meaning of the song. Oh well. Billy Murray still rocks my socks though..